Sibal Wants Collaboration with American Varsities

After government’s decision to establish 14 innovation universities, Union Human Resources Minister Kapil Sibal has expressed eagerness to forge an alliance with leading American varsities in shaping the structure of the proposed institutes.

“We hope that we can forge alliances with one or two top universities in the United States for partnering with us in the architecture (structure) of one or two innovation universities,” Sibal, who is on a week-long visit to the US, was quoted as saying by PTI.

It may be mentioned that Sibal will visit prominent universities in the US, Harvard, Yale, George Washington and Massachusetts Institute of Technology some of them, and discuss the issues pertaining to partnership and collaboration with elite Indian institutions.

Recently, government had decided to establish 14 innovation universities in the XIth Five Year Plan to accelerate research and development.

India is the obvious choice for education investment, he said and added that in the near future Europe and Australia would seek human resources from India.

“The early bird catches the worm,” he said, pointing out that while the US produced 75,000 engineers annually, Bangalore alone produced 65,000.

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